||When Jill Bolte Taylor suffered a massive left-hemisphere stroke at the age of 37, she was uniquely qualified to understand the mechanics of what was occurring inside her brain. As a neuroanatomist, she realized what was happening to her even as, over the course of four hours, her cognitive rational mind began to deteriorate to the point that she lost her ability to walk, talk, and comprehend the concept of time. Despite the massive trauma, and years of rehabilitation before she could operate normally, Taylor was amazed and delighted at her new appreciation of her healthy right brain: she founds herself in a world of euphoric sensory experience, a kind of primitive and powerful awareness that humans have mostly forgotten in their abstract, conceptual, left-brain lives. Her memoir is a redemptive story of illness and recovery, as well as a fascinating scientific exploration of the human nervous system, and how unaware we are of its many secrets.
||Traces the Harvard brain scientist author's massive left-hemisphere stroke at the age of thirty-seven, during which she observed the disparate functioning of her right and left brain and came into a realization that she could tap feelings of calm and well-being from her kinesthetic right hemisphere to promote her recovery and a positive outlook. Reprint.
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||The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientistÂ's own stroke led to enlightenment|| On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her lifeÂ?all within four hoursÂ?Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.|| For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by Â?stepping to the rightÂ? of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by Â?brain chatter.Â? Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on OprahÂ's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.
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||A brain scientist discusses suffering a stroke at the age of thirty-seven, describing her discovery of differences in the left and right side of the brain and the steps she took over a period of eight years to recover her health.